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PhD Summer School 2014
30 June – 4 July 2014 | Cambridge, United Kingdom

You will have the opportunity to present your research to other Microsoft researchers and participants during a 2 hour poster session. This will enable you to promote and discuss your work with experts in your field and with a wider audience.

What to expect during your poster presentation

Poster sessions are scheduled between 12:00–14:00pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Your poster will be selected for presentation on one day only. Posters will be displayed on individual poster boards distributed around the area where the lunchtime buffet is served.

During your poster session, you will be expected to stand by your poster so that your fellow students and researchers from the Microsoft Cambridge Lab can have the opportunity to read your work whilst eating lunch and have the chance for a discussion.

You do not need to prepare a long speech, but it is a good idea to prepare a short introductory explanation (perhaps 30 seconds to a minute long) to capture their attention at the start. Don’t worry it is all very relaxed.

How to design your poster

You will need to design a poster that is A1 portrait (594 mm width x 841 mm height) in colour. Your poster should be created in either PowerPoint or PDF format.

Your poster should articulate clearly and concisely either visually or textually: 

  • The challenge being addressed or question being answered by the research in such a way that a non-expert can understand the importance of the research
  • The focus of the research
  • The intended outcome of the research
  • The current stage of the research
  • Any research results, preliminary conclusions, or potentially interesting next steps

Posters should be aimed at other students and researchers who do not necessarily have expertise in that specific area of research.

Posters should clearly display your name and the name of your university.

Guidelines on how to design your poster

For helpful guidelines on how to design an academic poster, please visit this link - Once the link has opened, you will need to click 'Go to the tutorial.’

Once you have registered, Sue Duraikan, who returns by popular demand to present her talk on Poster Presentations at the Summer School will be in touch via email to offer support in preparing your poster. There will also be an opportunity to gain confidential 1:1 feedback on your poster and your presentation skills.

Printing your poster

We will be happy to print your poster for you if you send us an electronic copy (PowerPoint or PDF format) by email to before Monday, 9 June 2014. Otherwise please ensure you bring your poster with you to Summer School.

Poster submission deadline: Monday, 9 June 2014

Important deadlines
  • Registration: Friday, 30 May 2014
  • Poster submission: Monday, 9 June 2014